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Pavement Parking in the UK

Can you park on the pavement in the UK?

The problem with this question is that different parts of the UK have different rules about parking on the pavement. Then to further complicate it, certain roads have different sets of rules as well. The problem with pavement parking is it can cause difficulties for pavement users such as people with push chairs or wheel chairs and children in general. On the flip side of this however many areas do not have roads wide enough to park anywhere but on or partially on the pavement. Lets have a look at some of the rules around the UK.

Can I park on the pavement in London?

Parking inside of London and Exeter is strictly a “You must not” park on the pavement unless there are signs saying otherwise. If you do choose to ignore this you probably end up with a hefty fine up to £130.

Can I park on the pavement around anywhere in the UK?

Areas around the UK outside of London and Exeter are not quite as cut and dry. Each county has its own set of rules that are put in place by local councils. Best thing to do is check out the highway code for your local area. If you are looking for a hard copy version of this check it out here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/11525/9780115539954

Can you park a motorbike on the pavement UK

Provided you are not causing any obstruction then no it is not illegal to park a motorcycle on the pavement.

Can you be fined for parking on the pavement?

This is a tough question depending on where you are. The short answer is yes particularly in London where the rules clearly state you cannot park on the pavement unless signs say otherwise. The fines can be anywhere between £65-£130 which is a bit rich for my taste buds. Outside of London is a bit more of a grey area as each council has its own set of rules but generally you are far less likely to get a fine outside of London unless you are causing a obstruction or the local laws specify that you must not park on the curb.

What counts as parking on the pavement?

Parking on the pavement or curb can be anything from parking all 4 wheels on the curb to just have 1 wheel on the curb so be careful how you park.

Can you report cars parked on the pavement?

Yes you can report pavement parkers to your local council. Most councils will have there own website form to do this but if they do not then you will need to first contact your local council and follow the matter up form there. If you are struggling with a pavement parker but don’t know what to do this is a good place to start: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/media/3961/pavements_people_parking.pdf

New rules are likely to come in across the UK for each area so pop back to keep up to date.